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Journal Article

Citation

Wigglesworth EC. J. Trauma 1978; 18(12): 789-794.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1978, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

366162

Abstract

An analogy is drawn between the fourteenth-century conceptualization of infectious disease and the twentieth-century conceptualization of trauma. In both cases, causality is associated with faulty human behavior which acts as a handicap to progress. It is suggested that the practice of attributing accident causality to faulty behavior restricts the development of preventive activities in three ways: it implies that allocation of culpability is synonymous with identification of cause; it inhibits countermeasure implementation directly; and it concentrates on behavior instead of environmental hazards. A more useful and more appropriate approach is outlined and discussed.

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